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Re: Should the ASP loophole be fixed? (Re: The Affero license)

> On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 04:33:12PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> > The idea is that users of a program
> > ought to be able to get the source code for that program.  Users these
> > days often use a program without ever having recieved a copy of it. 
> > Nobody thought of this in 1991.  But times are changing.  

On Fri, 7 Mar 2003, John Goerzen wrote:
> People that telnetted in to central servers, I think, fell into this
> category even then.

Heck, leave telnet out of it.  People have used software they don't have a
copy of since forever.  I'd guess vending machines might be the earliest
common example. 

This isn't a new problem to be addressed.  And the underlying debate has 
nothing to do with networking technologies.  The questions are:

1) can software that forces a recipient to distribute it to non-recipient 
users still be considered free?

2) even if it can be considered free, is it worth the incredible hassle to
recipients to add such a demand?

My answers are "no" and "no".
Mark Rafn    dagon@dagon.net    <http://www.dagon.net/>  

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